October 8, 2012 Subject:
Watch the cactuses!
What a bad story, incredible where you can get such actors (even the dog seems to be phony), but one thing is nice - the stage: Arizona desert, cactus country without suburbia, roads and other forms of destruction. For all the Americans, see what you have lost through "civilization".
September 5, 2012 Subject:
There's plenty in this film to break anyone's Suspension of Disbelief, but the film's basic premise that people are all too ready and willing to assume and believe the worst of each other without any real evidence to support their conclusions is, in my experience, pretty close to the truth.
The main character, Bill Carver (played by Warren Hull, who I agree is perfectly cast in this) is revealed to be a recent medical school graduate. He takes a day job driving a car for some group, only to discover, once he's in it, that the car he was hired to drive was the getaway car for a gang of bank robbers. Though he (presumably) had no arrest record, and had a bright future in the medical profession to look forward to (people don't usually celebrate a successful med school graduation by robbing a bank), a jury doesn't believe his story that he was duped, so he gets convicted as a member of the gang. That sounds likely to stretch anyone's SoD, but haven't we all heard the stories of people who have been prosecuted by politically ambitious DA's and wrongly convicted on circumstantial evidence and false testimony, then eventually exonerated after wasting years of their lives in prison? Maybe it's not such a stretch, after all.
I had a close brush with that. A high school friend once conned me into driving him to his friend's house (I was into gardening; he told me the guy had some plants for sale). When we got back, my so-called "friend" told me right to my face that he went there to buy some drugs, and I was his "ride." Good thing I drive carefully-- one traffic stop, and I might've wound up like Bill Carver.
"Fun"? Scarcely. In the old movies (and plenty of the new ones), the good guy wins out in the end. But it's the lowest and most wretched aspects of human nature that provide the tropes for hero stories like this, where someone has to be tough, smart, and lucky enough to overcome the herd instincts of his fellow human beings.
January 18, 2010 Subject:
Not a great movie but fun. A nice if unbelievable story. Four stars because it is entertaining enough to pass an evening when nothing else is going on.
August 4, 2007 Subject:
I'm going to have to start reviewing all these movies so i'll stop watching the same ones over.
This one, by the way, is really so so.
November 23, 2005 Subject:
Tough Little Fugitive And His Dog Story
This little crime drama shot largely in and around Tempe Arizona, before anybody every heard of it, is pretty good. A fugitive from prison (wrongly convicted) befriends a wild police dog and they end up in Tempe. He needs to prove his innocence and through complications and improbable circumstances manages to do just that with the help of his dog. You could write this off as just another Rin-Tin-Tin knock-off, but it's much better than that. Location shooting helps a lot too. Warren Hull, later to become probably the first daytime TV super star, is perfectly cast as the fugitive. Paul Bryar, who would become one of the most famous character faces in films and TV over the next 40 years is also perfectly cast. Great print quality and sound are also a plus. Enjoy.